VaPilot: Is Bolling Recruiting An Independent Ticket?PoliticsVirginia

The Virginia Pilot’s Julian Walker has the scoop:

Bolling professed to be in the dark about the purported signature-collection effort.

“That’s the first I knew about it,” he said Monday. “To the best of my knowledge, it’s not something that we knew about.”

He was less direct Wednesday when approached about rumors of ongoing recruitment efforts to form an independent ticket with Bolling as the focal point.

“I have no comment about that,” Bolling said when the subject was broached by a reporter.

State Senator Steve Martin did not file the $10K fee for the RPV convention this May.

Both Bolling and Martin have retained longtime GOP consultant Boyd Marcus — the links grow more and more curious every day.

So who would be the AG candidate to fill this out?  Frey?  Foster?  Speculate in the comment section, folks… this is getting very serious, very quickly.

  • pwconservative

    Shaun hasnt your company been hired by Lingamfelter?

    • Loudoun GOPer

      Wow. Way to distract from the issue at hand, which is that Bolling is serious in his plans to deliver the Governor’s office to McAuliffe.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=689281093 William Doran

        The Republican Party of Virginia is delivering the office to McAuliffe,. They have pushed out an electable candidate over an extremist. Have they not learned from the 2012 election? I guess a state that still celebrates losing the Civil War takes time to learn from its mistakes.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1427002848 James Cohen

      No he does not work for Scott.. If he did it would be his business. Do you work for some scorned handful of liberal democrats who screw conservatives that put you in your place after you screw up budgets? Just Sayin’

    • http://www.brianschoeneman.org/ Brian W. Schoeneman

      No, Shaun isn’t working for Lingamfelter. Who are you working for?

  • pwconservative

    And if so shouldnt one question the intent of your postings?

  • pwconservative

    Shaun hasnt your company been hired by the Lingamfelter campaign?

    • http://bearingdrift.com/ J.R. Hoeft

      Posting this once would have been sufficient.

      Regardless, we have a strict policy about contributors posting on matters they can have personal material gain. In other words, if you’re consulting or have business dealings on a subject, you don’t post.

      This is a serious accusation. Back it up with proof.

      That said, Jason Kenney is working for EW Jackson. He’s the only one who actively writes that I know of who is involved in any of these races.

    • http://www.facebook.com/shaunkenney Shaun Kenney

      Nope… but I’m gratified to see so many folks take an interest in how we payed off a $70 million debt service without raising taxes 21 cents… as the Democrats wanted us to do. Cheers!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1427002848 James Cohen

        Didn’t a BOS of democrats overspend before you ran for office? So, if I am not mistaken, you “inherited” a mess left on Fluvanna by irresponsible individuals..

        • http://www.facebook.com/shaunkenney Shaun Kenney

          Heck yeah we did… if folks realized how bad it really was, they’d have burnt the courthouse down. Moderate Republicans on the BOS only complicated issues (like trying to take us to 6 seats rather than remain firm at 7, or negotiating backroom deals to push more money to certain budget items… or leaving the budget so unbalanced that yes — taxes would have gone to 65 cents in a matter of years and continued to climb…)

          But hey — don’t let a 60 cent tax rate and a balanced, sustainable budget get in the way of politics! The good ol’ boy network just isn’t all that happy about reform… go figure.

  • Christopher Snider

    Let alone your voting record in Fluvanna. You have a pattern of being very cozy with Democrats. Perhaps your a RHINO?

    • http://www.brianschoeneman.org/ Brian W. Schoeneman

      I’m the only RINO contributor. Everyone knows that.

      • http://bearingdrift.com/ J.R. Hoeft

        That’s the truth.

      • http://www.facebook.com/shaunkenney Shaun Kenney

        RINO? I thought you were a Democrat?

        • http://www.brianschoeneman.org/ Brian W. Schoeneman

          You all wish.

    • John Fredericks

      If Shaun is RHINO then I’m an astronaut…LOL

  • Christopher Snider

    Shaun Kenney, “Conservative”

    2011 Tax Rate
    In 2010, Fluvanna ended the budget sessions in a vote for .54, although before going into the final budget meeting Shaun Kenney had negotiated with fellow conservatives on the BOS, the majority, to adopt a lower rate. The night of the final vote Kenney surprised the conservative board members with a slide presentation regarding a budget that would increase the tax rate to more than .70, calling this otherwise unseen plan a “Sustainable Rate”. Kenney explained that the government would increase rates to an amount which was more than what was needed at that time, while maintaining that rate for several years and not increasing again during the agreed upon period. BOS member and conservative Don Weaver explained to Kenney that in his twenty one years on the board, he had never seen a board with new members after the following year ‘s elections, that would adhere to the taxing commitments of the board before and therefore, he was sure future boards WOULD still increase taxes during the subsequent years of the “Sustainable Tax Plan”. With great frustration Board chair and conservative Gene Ott stated to Kenney, “I just talked to you about the rate today and you said nothing about this Sustainable Rate, and I am the chairman of the board! What kind of show is this”! In the end it was revealed Kenney had discussed the increase with the more liberal board members, while completely surprising the more conservative members.
    2012 Tax Rate
    In 2011, during county budget talks Shaun Kenney grandstanded often regarding lowering the tax rate from .54 to as low as .50, although more cuts had come from the state both to government and schools and, Fluvanna had adopted a stepping tax increase schedule over five years to pay debt service on the new, eighty million dollar high school. When the advertised rate was voted on Shaun grandstanded once again and voted against the approved advertised rate of .57, which in VA government can be lowered at the time of setting the final rate but not increased. Over the next several weeks two of the six board members, Fairchild and Weaver who are both conservatives, compromised an agreement with the more liberal board members to vote for a rate of 55.5. In this action Weaver, serving his 22nd year on the board and had only once voted for a budget once in his time served, was prepared to second Fairchild’s motion for 55.5. The 2011 budget discussions ended with Kenney working a backroom deal with the more liberal members of the board and surprising Weaver and Fairchild the night of the vote with a tax program that maximized the rate at the .57. The more liberal members were prepared to vote for the rate of 55.5 until Kenney negotiated, authored and made the motion for the tax increase to .57. The public , like Weaver and Fairchild, had heard nothing about and therefore had no opportunity to form and express an opinion on Kenney’s last minute budget additions (Pet Programs).

    Fluvanna County Redistricting
    In 2011 Fluvanna’s BOS voted on redistricting. Shaun Kenney had been touting to the Republican party how moving from six districts to seven would create political advantage for the party while five would do the same for the Democrats. The board voted to advertise seven and then the night they made the final vote, one other board member switched to five, without explanation. After some discussion, Kenney switched to five, stating the board had to move forward in order to avoid issues with the Department of Justice, even though the county’s lawyer advised publicly that the situation was not in jeopardy. Many citizens were outraged not at the vote its self, but at the sudden, un announced and unexplained change from the one board member, as was Weaver and Fairchild. A week later the board member who made the motion to switch to five stated that Kenney came to him right after advertising seven districts and told him he preferred five and that if that board member would switch and keep it quiet, he would. Right up until the day of the vote, Kenney told the world he was behind the Republican advantaged seven and all the while, had weeks before orchestrated five. One of the reasons he used this tactic was to make the other board member seem as if he was the one who flip flopped, and Shaun had to save the day by moving his position. It is a fact that Kenney lied and manipulated board members, the public and the Fluvanna Republican Party. On the Saturday that followed the Fluvanna Republican Party held a breakfast and in the presence of State Party officials, Kenney gave the BOS update and again stated that his vote for five was under duress.
    2013 Tax Rate
    During the 2013 budget sessions, Kenney told the board and the public he would be voting to raise taxes from .57 to a “sustainable rate” of.68. The school system built their budget and projections accordingly however the night of the budget vote, Supervisor Bob Olenbrauch presented a new deal, designed by Kenney which dropped the rate from his proposed rate of .68 to just less than .60. Using the same Shock and Awe tactics he orchestrated the two years before, Kenney made his first “conservative” vote. It seems Kenney had been invited to a meeting only days before where the financial backers of his last campaign made it clear there would be no money for next year’s elections, in the case that Kenney voted for the unprecedented increase he had for month championed.
    Summary
    In the conclusion of the 2013 budget sessions Kenney did the same type of back room deal he did the two years before and surprised almost everyone on the day of the vote, including certain board members and the entire public. The turmoil has created public backlash that will likely result in liberal successes in 2013. No matter which side one finds themselves, he or she must renounce the manipulative tactics used by such politicians as Kenney and parties must realize that association with such people is a cancer. Kenney is the orchestrator of much of the highly publicized turmoil in Fluvanna. If one asks why he would bring such scrutiny upon himself, the answer lies in vanity and self promotion. It is interesting to watch a person who is so smart and motivated self destruct, in anxiety covered fits of self destruction designed for one thing, self promotion. Shaun Kenney is, self first, to the point of his own demise.
    Other than the 2013 tax rate where Kenney voted against his own plan of .68, the record shows no other vote that one could brand as conservative. To the contrary both board recordings and media records show Shaun Kenney has consistently voted against the thoughts and beliefs of the Republican party.
    Shaun Kenney’s time as an elected, public official will end with the elections of 2013.

  • Jerry

    Do you honestly believe Martin would ever run as an independent? That’s lunacy.

    • http://www.facebook.com/shaunkenney Shaun Kenney

      Never said that he would, though it has been remarked that (1) they share the same consultant and (2) that apparently, a independent ticket is being considered.

      Methinks certain people doth protesteth too much…

  • John Fredericks

    From the John Fredericks Morning Radio Show: we believe Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling will run for Va. governor as an independent candidate…without a slate. John

    • http://www.facebook.com/shaunkenney Shaun Kenney

      I hope so…

      • R

        Why in the world would you hope for that Shaun?

        • http://www.facebook.com/shaunkenney Shaun Kenney

          More accurate (from bad to better): 3rd party slate < Bolling indy run < no Bolling run < total Bolling reconciliation with the GOP.

  • Tom

    Shaun I thought that you were better then that…Publishing a slanderous story with no proof about someone who has helped so many republicans get elected of his 25 year career is just absurd…Maybe next time you write a story you ask yourself what a good writer would do and try to emulate that instead of going with your gut instinct of being a lying hack…Disappointed beyond belief…

    • http://www.facebook.com/shaunkenney Shaun Kenney

      …or better still, next time someone cuts a deal with McDonnell and doesn’t include Cuccinelli, then expects Cuccinelli to stick a deal neither he nor the voters were a party to, don’t pull the rug from under your entire career and go kamikaze against the very same folks who helped you get elected in the first place.

      Just a thought.

      • Tom

        I believe the only one that applies to that is Bolling since Martin has always been close with Cuccinelli and even stated on many occasions before Bolling got out of the race, at various functions and meetings, that while he was not endorsing either candidate, since he was close to both and running for a statewide, if he was not seeking the LG nod he would be throwing his support behind Ken Cuccinelli….Don’t cover up the thrust of the issue with what you wrote by now trying to say it’s all about Bolling…You threw Martin under the bus in this article for no good reason and without anything other than thoughts from your clearly delusional mind…

        • http://www.facebook.com/shaunkenney Shaun Kenney

          …and yet if it’s so delusional, why do you feel the need to refute it? :)

          • Tom

            Because Shaun, he who hears a lie and does nothing to refute it is just as bad as the liar himself.

          • http://bearingdrift.com/ J.R. Hoeft

            I guess it comes down to Tom who you believe – our sources or a candidate who is still, at least in appearance, trying to gain the GOP nominaiton. I’ve been watching this game long enough to know that even the most credible politicians are still willing to explore their options.

          • Tom

            Why don’t you talk to him or someone on his campaign before you start assuming everything you hear is true?

          • http://bearingdrift.com/ J.R. Hoeft

            Because, quite frankly, he’s currently the weakest of the LG candidates, is the only LG candidate of all of them not to bother reaching out to BD, and he’s not the story. Bolling and Marcus and this notion of an independent bid – complete with trying to assemble a ticket – is the story.

          • Tom

            So since he is the weakest candidate you just kick him while he is down instead of asking him before you break a story like this? If the story is Bolling and Marcus then why even include the last place LG candidate in it? He has served the Commonwealth admirably throughout his career and deserves better than this.

          • Tom

            Exactly the problem with our party right now, we do stuff like this to some of our hardest workers and most conservative leaders. No wonder we’ve lost the past two elections.

          • Tom

            Why don’t you ask Senator Martin or someone on the campaign before you start assuming everything you here is true?

  • Christopher Snider

    Shaun Kenney, “Conservative”

    2011 Tax Rate
    In 2010, Fluvanna ended the budget sessions in a vote for .54, although before going into the final budget meeting Shaun Kenney had negotiated with fellow conservatives on the BOS, the majority, to adopt a lower rate. The night of the final vote Kenney surprised the conservative board members with a slide presentation regarding a budget that would increase the tax rate to more than .70, calling this otherwise unseen plan a “Sustainable Rate”. Kenney explained that the government would increase rates to an amount which was more than what was needed at that time, while maintaining that rate for several years and not increasing again during the agreed upon period. BOS member and conservative Don Weaver explained to Kenney that in his twenty one years on the board, he had never seen a board with new members after the following year ‘s elections, that would adhere to the taxing commitments of the board before and therefore, he was sure future boards WOULD still increase taxes during the subsequent years of the “Sustainable Tax Plan”. With great frustration Board chair and conservative Gene Ott stated to Kenney, “I just talked to you about the rate today and you said nothing about this Sustainable Rate, and I am the chairman of the board! What kind of show is this”! In the end it was revealed Kenney had discussed the increase with the more liberal board members, while completely surprising the more conservative members.
    2012 Tax Rate
    In 2011, during county budget talks Shaun Kenney grandstanded often regarding lowering the tax rate from .54 to as low as .50, although more cuts had come from the state both to government and schools and, Fluvanna had adopted a stepping tax increase schedule over five years to pay debt service on the new, eighty million dollar high school. When the advertised rate was voted on Shaun grandstanded once again and voted against the approved advertised rate of .57, which in VA government can be lowered at the time of setting the final rate but not increased. Over the next several weeks two of the six board members, Fairchild and Weaver who are both conservatives, compromised an agreement with the more liberal board members to vote for a rate of 55.5. In this action Weaver, serving his 22nd year on the board and had only once voted for a budget once in his time served, was prepared to second Fairchild’s motion for 55.5. The 2011 budget discussions ended with Kenney working a backroom deal with the more liberal members of the board and surprising Weaver and Fairchild the night of the vote with a tax program that maximized the rate at the .57. The more liberal members were prepared to vote for the rate of 55.5 until Kenney negotiated, authored and made the motion for the tax increase to .57. The public , like Weaver and Fairchild, had heard nothing about and therefore had no opportunity to form and express an opinion on Kenney’s last minute budget additions (Pet Programs).

    Fluvanna County Redistricting
    In 2011 Fluvanna’s BOS voted on redistricting. Shaun Kenney had been touting to the Republican party how moving from six districts to seven would create political advantage for the party while five would do the same for the Democrats. The board voted to advertise seven and then the night they made the final vote, one other board member switched to five, without explanation. After some discussion, Kenney switched to five, stating the board had to move forward in order to avoid issues with the Department of Justice, even though the county’s lawyer advised publicly that the situation was not in jeopardy. Many citizens were outraged not at the vote its self, but at the sudden, un announced and unexplained change from the one board member, as was Weaver and Fairchild. A week later the board member who made the motion to switch to five stated that Kenney came to him right after advertising seven districts and told him he preferred five and that if that board member would switch and keep it quiet, he would. Right up until the day of the vote, Kenney told the world he was behind the Republican advantaged seven and all the while, had weeks before orchestrated five. One of the reasons he used this tactic was to make the other board member seem as if he was the one who flip flopped, and Shaun had to save the day by moving his position. It is a fact that Kenney lied and manipulated board members, the public and the Fluvanna Republican Party. On the Saturday that followed the Fluvanna Republican Party held a breakfast and in the presence of State Party officials, Kenney gave the BOS update and again stated that his vote for five was under duress.
    2013 Tax Rate
    During the 2013 budget sessions, Kenney told the board and the public he would be voting to raise taxes from .57 to a “sustainable rate” of.68. The school system built their budget and projections accordingly however the night of the budget vote, Supervisor Bob Olenbrauch presented a new deal, designed by Kenney which dropped the rate from his proposed rate of .68 to just less than .60. Using the same Shock and Awe tactics he orchestrated the two years before, Kenney made his first “conservative” vote. It seems Kenney had been invited to a meeting only days before where the financial backers of his last campaign made it clear there would be no money for next year’s elections, in the case that Kenney voted for the unprecedented increase he had for month championed.
    Summary
    In the conclusion of the 2013 budget sessions Kenney did the same type of back room deal he did the two years before and surprised almost everyone on the day of the vote, including certain board members and the entire public. The turmoil has created public backlash that will likely result in liberal successes in 2013. No matter which side one finds themselves, he or she must renounce the manipulative tactics used by such politicians as Kenney and parties must realize that association with such people is a cancer. Kenney is the orchestrator of much of the highly publicized turmoil in Fluvanna. If one asks why he would bring such scrutiny upon himself, the answer lies in vanity and self promotion. It is interesting to watch a person who is so smart and motivated self destruct, in anxiety covered fits of self destruction designed for one thing, self promotion. Shaun Kenney is, self first, to the point of his own demise.
    Other than the 2013 tax rate where Kenney voted against his own plan of .68, the record shows no other vote that one could brand as conservative. To the contrary both board recordings and media records show Shaun Kenney has consistently voted against the thoughts and beliefs of the Republican party.
    Shaun Kenney’s time as an elected, public official will end with the elections of 2013.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1427002848 James Cohen

      Oy Vasemear.. to see a Cantor staffer hurl daggers at the party like this.. Talk it over with Bubbe first you schmuck?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1427002848 James Cohen

    Bolling should work out a deal with Salahi..

  • Travis
  • http://www.facebook.com/WilliamJDeutsch Willie Deutsch

    While it is probably a bit unfair to believe there is any reason Sen. Martin would run as an independent, there should be a lot of pressure put on Martin to drop a consultant that is actively working to undermine the Republican party. When Bolling announces, Martin deserves to be seriously questioned on how he could work with the GOP ticket, is nominated, when his consultant is trying to defeat the Republican candidate for Governor.

  • Anonymous

    Perhaps the might pick up a Democrat as A.G? There are probably some rural Democrats that would take the exposure of running as an Independent state-wide gladly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vote4joe Joseph Oddo